|March 22, 2012||VOL. II ISSUE #33|
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InsideOut Hawaii Magazine
Copies of InsideOut can now be picked up at Farmer's Market at the Blaisdell Center on Wednesday, Kailua on Thursday and Kapiolani Community College on Saturday; Koko Marina Shopping Center; Times in Mililani; and Long's in Manoa Market Place.
To read this month's issue of InsideOut Hawaii Magazine, CLICK HERE.
Hemmings appears as guest artist
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On a sun-drenched day last week, Kaui Hart Hemmings gave her first public reading since her novel, "The Descendants," won for Best Adapted Screenplay at this year's 84th Academy Awards. Casually dressed in jeans, a spaghetti strap blouse and stylish fedora, the Maunawili-based author settled in her seat before a crowd on the Moana Terrace poolside deck at the Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa.
"This is the first time that I've had to wear sunscreen to do a reading," jokes Hemmings, eliciting laughs from the audience. "I feel like I should be at the beach instead."
THURSDAY-FRIDAY, MARCH 22-23
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Korean conductor makes debut
The inaugural Hawai'i Symphony Orchestra season continues with the most romantic concert of 2012 as celebrated Korean conductor SHINIK HAHM and pianist NORMAN KRIEGER join the orchestra for two evenings, featuring favorite masterworks by Brahms and Sibelius. Krieger, a favorite among Hawaii audiences, returns to Honolulu in performance of Brahms' First Piano Concerto. Hahm - the newly-appointed chief conductor of the KBS (Korean Broadcasting System) Symphony Orchestra and professor of conducting at Yale University's School of Music - makes his Hawaii debut in these concerts.
Tickets start at $30 and are available at the Hawai'i Symphony Box Office, 593-9468.
For more information, visit hawaiisymphonyorchestra.org.
|SATRUDAY, MARCH 24|
Brave runners sprint across course
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Having had toured across the United States, around the United Kingdom and even making a stop in Australia, the WARRIOR DASH finally makes its way to our shores. Leap over fires, crawl through mud and conquer extreme obstacles then celebrate your victory with music, fuzzy Warrior helmets and beer (for those of age), all in the name of fundraising for the kids at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
Participants will be asked to wear appropriate footwear and comfortable clothing - although costumes are encouraged for those in the spirit. Racers and observers may also want to bring extra cash for beer, turkey legs and additional Warrior gear for this festive event. Waves of up to 500 participants will start every half an hour from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
(Dillingham Ranch, 68-540 Farrington Hwy.; entry fee $60 - $70 (slots are limited); for more information, visit warriordash.com
SUNDAY, MARCH 25
Discover a treasure trove of collectibles
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It's fun, it's kitschy, and it's strictly 20-years-and-older items during the WIKI WIKI ONE DAY VINTAGE COLLECTIBLES AND HAWAIIAN SHOW. Find your perfect souvenir or conversation piece among 90 tables, featuring vendors who travel from all parts of Oahu, the outer islands, and even the mainland for this big event.
Find great buys in estate jewelry, koa, kimono, art, ukuleles, kokeshi dolls, Asian antiques, Niihau shell lei, lauhala hats and sports cards.
(Neal Blaisdell Hawaiian Suites, 10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
TUESDAY, MARCH 27
Wine dinner to uncork Ancien vintages
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Bali Steak & Seafood at the Hilton Hawaiian Village is pairing with ANCIEN VINEYARDS out of Napa Valley, Calif., to create a special wine-pairing dinner, starting at 6:30 p.m. Chef Matt Alleshouse of Bali, named a Four Diamond Restaurant by AAA for the 23rd consecutive year, will create a special five-course menu. Cost is $125 per person.
Considered a premier Pinot Noir master, Ancien founder and owner Ken Bernards, pictured right, will be in attendance. Featured wines will include Pinot Gris Sangiacomo 2010, Pinot Noir Carneros 2008, Pinot Noir Santa Rita Hills 2008 and Pinot Noir Sonoma Red Dog 2008.
(Hilton Hawaiian Village, 2005 Kalia Road, for reservations, call 949-4321
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THROUGH APRIL 1
Film festival focuses on Jewish culture
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Celebrating a decade of quality cinema, the Temple Emanu-El Kirk Cashmere JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL returns with seven new, highly acclaimed films. The lineup includes a full slate of Hawai'i premieres, including "Restoration," winner of the Best Screenplay award at last year's Sundance Film Festival.
The thought-provoking films hail from five countries and explore the rich variety of cultures and peoples that embrace Judaism around the world. The selection includes absorbing features that delve into the past, from 1936 Germany to 1940s London to 1967 Poland, and examine how family traditions and the values of Judaism - humor, familial love and sacrifice - support them as they face adversity.
(Doris Duke Theatre, 900 S. Beretania St., 532-8700.)
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Docu-drama depicts graphic violence
By Suzie Setzler and Krysti Peacock
Unfortunately, if we are to see any of the much-acclaimed independent or foreign films, we must hope that these movies are chosen for screening at our local theater. However, we might remind you that IFC (Independent Film Channel) simultaneously screens many of these award-winning films "On Demand," while they are still playing in selected theaters and art houses across the nation. This is how we stumbled across "The Snowtown Murders," a foreign film that has received countless praise from critics, including Roger Ebert who gave it a nearly perfect score of 3 1/2 stars, calling the film "distressing and almost unbearably painful," but well made.
"The Snowtown Murders" is a festival award-winning Australian film that made its U.S. theatrical release earlier this month. Justin Kurzel's directorial debut captures the real life story of serial killer, John Bunting, accused of murdering more than 11 people in South Australia, along with the depicted accounts that lead up to the murders and the initiation of his accomplices, including a teenage boy named James Vlassakis. The film is very raw and graphic but gives a chilling look into one man's ability to brainwash and recruit others to do his bidding, while justifying his actions as godlike, ridding the town of pedophiles, druggies and homosexuals.
Kurzel's adaptation of the small town to which we are introduced could easily be found in any low- income area in the U.S. It's drab, hopeless demeanor paints a neighborhood where ambition and passion are extinguished by the harsh reality of the hand that each had been given with a bleakness of deliverance. It is a tone that is carried much throughout the film as Kurzel wastes no time showing us the horrors of single mother Elizabeth Harvey's (Louise Harris) and her sons' lives.
It is here that we begin to have a love/hate relationship with the mother. She is a woman who cares little for her appearance, but has a deep love for her boys. Yet, it is her irresponsible and unwise actions that not only allow the younger boys to become victims of pedophilic actions by the neighbor, but of more violent behavior at the hands of their older sibling. With the focus on Harvey's teenage son, James (Lucas Pittiway), we come to have a conflicted understanding of how he is manipulated by a newcomer to the family, boyfriend John Bunting (Daniel Henshaw).
Becoming a protective father figure, Bunting is able to initially provide stability for James. However, over time it is a false sense of security, and deadly in its intention. Bunting teaches James to fight back, but in a way that becomes extremely violent and sadistic to its intended victims - men whom they believe are deserving of such crimes due to accusations and rumors of pedophilic, homosexual or drug-related behaviors. And it is here that you can see how a young adolescent can be influenced to commit the murders, involuntarily committing his soul to Bunting for protection, something his mother could never provide.
Overall the film was very well done and chillingly acted, sometimes almost too realistic for our own tastes. However, through these disturbing and graphic images, we were able to understand the psychological sickness that plagued James, and how we could come to almost sympathize with him and understand how he was able to be misled by Bunting and his accomplices. Our only qualm with the film is that, at times, the editing was very dodgy and the direction of the film somewhat blurred and confusing. If you can persevere through the subject matter, sticking with the film through its entirety, you will feel satisfied with the docu-drama feel of this movie for it is a dark story of a young broken spirit. In the end, we say it is worth seeing and do recommend it. Please keep in mind, due to the graphic nature of the contents of the film, it is not suitable for younger audiences.
Foreign Film - Australia
NR - 119 Mins
Cast and Credit:
Directed by Justin Kurzel
James Vlassakis - Lucas Pittiway
John Bunting - Daniel Henshaw
Elizabeth Harvey - Louise Harris
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